Neil Young’s new anti-Monsanto album?


So, some depressing news came across my digital transom today. Apparently Neil Young’s new album will be an “anti-Monsanto”album called The Monsanto Years. He will be backed by Willie Nelson’s two sons. The anti-Monsanto in itself isn’t the problem. My fear is that he will parrot all the nonsense from the anti playbook and fans will take it as gospel.

What is known is that it contains songs called Seeds, Too Big to Fail, and Rock Starbucks, adding to his statement about boycotting Starbucks because they are in league with Monsanto.

I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one.  Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling. Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit — we have a right to know what we put in our mouths. Starbucks doesn’t think you have the right to know what’s in your coffee. So it’s teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out.

Teamed up? Yeah, apparently because both are members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which he calls a  shadowy body. Seriously? Drugs are bad m’kay?

And he went to Starbucks every single day? What a chump.

Oh, and get this: “Starbucks doesn’t think you have the right to know what’s in your coffee.” Where does that link go? To Food Babe’s site. Food Babe, for Christ’s sake.

Neil has a history of weird and this seems to be his latest foray into it. Back in the late 1980s he was taken to task for his alleged support of Reagan. He fired back at his critics saying that just because he liked some of his positions didn’t make him a Reagan supporter

INT: You have been known to support Reagan, which a lot of fans thought you were going right wing, and then I think in Rolling Stone you said you weren’t very fond of Bush. I was wondering why you apparently changed political views?

NEIL: Because that’s only an apparent thing. I don’t have a view, I have an opinion that changes because everyday is a different day. I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m not like that. With Reagan, some things he did were terrible, some things he did were great. Most people tend to take a president and say you hate…he does one thing you really don’t like. Like he builds excessive amounts of warheads or something. So you write him off completely. Which I think is completely stupid. And I think, is very narrow minded. (my emphasis)

Maybe Neil should heed his old advice when it comes to Monsanto whom he calls them the biggest villain of them all.

He rightly points out that Starbucks has been progressive on LGBT and labor issues in the past…

Well, you hoser, Monsanto was voted one of the best places for LGBT people to work and from what I hear has great benefits and pay.

If I were to get the opportunity to speak Young on this issue I would say, quoting him from one of the interviews where he lambastes his critics about Reagan

You’re an asshole, you know, you don’t know what the hell you are talking about…

Nah, I wouldn’t call him an asshole, but I would say it would be nice if he actually learned something about the issue.

What’s more fucked up about it is that it makes his whole Farm Aid contributions seems less legitimate.  If he really did care about farmers, he wouldn’t be against something that farmers find helpful.

I won’t buy the new record and I will still listen to his old stuff, but I cringe when I think the anti groups will be organically unpasturizedly creaming in their hemp jeans about it and we’ll probably see memes like The Needle and the Damage Done (with images of needles sticking in tomatoes) and Rockin’ in the GMO Free World.  Maybe I’ll make one,  A Man Needs a Brain.